Collection Item Summary:
Applications Technology Satellite 6 (ATS 6), active from 1974-1979, was the last in the ATS series of experimental satellites sponsored by NASA to test new technologies in space communications. ATS-6 operated from geosynchronous orbit and contained nineteen communications and technology experiments. This full-scale Thermal Structural Model was used as an engineering tool during development of the actual satellite to analyze and design for the effects of launch vibration and the extreme temperatures of space.
This support structure assists in assembling the satellite for hanging display. It was transferred to the Museum from NASA in 1978.